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Sir Thomas Lawrence, laudatory medal

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Adams, George Gammon, born 1821 - died 1898 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silvered electrotype under glass cover

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silvered electrotype roundel is cast of the obverse of the Art Union Laudatory medal, depicting Sir Thomas Lawrence and is made by George Gammon Adams in 1860.

Lawrence (1769-1830) was president of the Royal Academy. This piece is one of a series of medals produced for the Art Union of London.

George Gammon Adams (b. 1821-1898) was a portrait sculptor and medallist. He designed and exhibited prize medals for the Great Exhibition. In 1852 he was chosen to model the death mask of Wellington. One of his public monuments is the 'Napier' statue in Trafalgar square.

The roundel was among the items given to the Museum by I. D. Adams, the daughter of George Gammon Adams, in 1980. In total, 196 items were included in the Adams gift, which consisted of many models for medals as well as the busts and figurative sculpture. In most instances it is not possible to date conclusively the many models included in this gift.

Physical description

Barehead of Sir Thomas clean-shaven to left. Behind the head in field inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1860 (made)


Adams, George Gammon, born 1821 - died 1898 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Silvered electrotype under glass cover

Marks and inscriptions

'LAWRENCE' [signed] 'G.G. ADAMS F.'


Diameter: 5.6 cm

Object history note

Given by Miss I.D. Adams, daughter of George Gammon Adams in 1980.

Descriptive line

Roundel, silvered electrotype, cast of obverse of Art Union Laudatory Medal depicting Head of Sir Thomas Lawrence, by George Gammon Adams, English, 1860

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Brown, Lawrence. British Historical Medals 1837-1901 - Vol II, The Reign of Queen Victoria. London: 1987, cat.no. 2676
Forrer, L. Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, I, London, 1904, p. 24
Beaulah, G.K., 'The Medals of the Art Union of London', The British Numismatic Journal, Vol XXXVI, 1967, p. 183, no. 12


Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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